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"For we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not of ourselves."

A Cry Rushed Upward to
A Place Called Heaven

by David Hoyt

Jesus People

The Vietnam War

As the Vietnam War dragged on, anti-war protesters took to the streets across America.  San Francisco was a stronghold – hosting many anti-war marches.

SF War Protesters 1967

I remember attending this march that went up Haight Street, winding its way to Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park.  During this event police singled out individuals and hit them with night-sticks.  Hippies were often the target, but the marchers represented a broad cross-section of society.  This caused growing concern and embarrassment to American government and law enforcement officials. It also incited anger among the public at large.  The reason was clear: "the land of the free and the home of the brave" wasn’t as free as many Americans thought it should be.

April 15, 1967
Spring Mobilization to End the War, San Francisco
Harsh Clashes and Student Deaths

Brutality toward anti-war demonstrators repeated itself across a nation with the use of fire hoses, tear gas, bayonets, and arrests to intimidate protesters.

Revelations of the bombing of Cambodia, along with other misleading information regarding the North and South Vietnam campaign, along with increased American casualties, incited Americans.

Protests gained momentum and were supported by thousands. Most were peaceful marches, bon-fire and stadium rallies, draft card burnings, or ‘free speech’ platform anti-war gatherings on college campuses.  

The most well-known protest involving the Vietnam War occurred at Kent State University in Ohio. At a noon rally, eighty National Guardsmen armed with rifles and bayonets advanced on the protestors; twenty-nine of the soldiers somehow feared for their lives and opened fire.  When the firing had ended, nine students lay wounded and four other students had been killed. Two of the students who died had not participated in the protests.

These shootings help convince Americans that anti-war protestors had a legitimate cause. The student deaths at Kent State and Neil Young’s song "Ohio" commemorating the shootings sent a shock-wave of disapproval of the War and the U.S. government’s deception that surrounded it. 

A Country Divided Without Answers

As the deaths of young soldiers multiplied, a hunger for purpose, significance and truth came alongside with more questions than answers.

Filtering through the psychedelic world of getting high and the "Purple Haze" of Jimmy Hendrix, or walking through jungle mine-fields in "Nam" littered with dead bodies and lost limbs – questions rose. The weaknesses of War Power and Flower Power begin to surface, both flawed – unable to deliver real life.

Something was in the-make as the cry of the dead, wounded, lost and seeking rushed upward to a place called heaven.        

[ To be Continued ]

Read the first article in David Hoyt's "Jesus Revolution" Series:

Part 1: Jesus People Days

David Hoyt

Dave Hoyt and his wife Ginny reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He grew up a troubled teen in Los Angeles. In 1966 he moved to San Francisco’s ‘Haight District’ seeking truth and God. Reaching a crisis of belief in Eastern Religions – he turned to prayer and came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ. He went on to be an early participant in the Jesus People Movement in the USA and Europe. He continues as a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Last Update: 2017-07-24 18:54